Twice now, I've gone to https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=grid, explored the grid as I middle-clicked things that looked interesting, then moved my eyes up to the tab-bar to discover that I wasn't clicking <a> elements, but *checks*—ah, <div>s with attached JavaScript.

I realize the current model expects that users will click the bubble, get some information, then visit the site, but some people use a "click-in-advance" browsing model, if you will. Personally, I find the need to click two elements to open the site annoying and extremely distracting.

As such, I have no idea if this would be possible (or how easy it would be), but it'd be cool if the buttons were middle-clickable and displayed more info on left-click. I expect this would probably be accomplished via a curious menagerie of <a> and PreventDefault (I think), but if done right, it'd let browsers like Lynx/links/Dillo work properly with the page (and I personally use Dillo a lot myself, I might add), and it'd also mean mobile browsers would properly popup an "open in new tab" menu on long-press.

  • Well, at least the "Visit site" button is middle-clickable. :) Feb 3, 2014 at 8:35
  • True... that's what I've been using :P but clicking the grid elements can be sooo distracting... heh. I just discovered the "list" view mode though, which does provide middle-clickable links.
    – i336_
    Feb 3, 2014 at 8:38


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